Tell me something; how many meals are you eating away from home or ordering in every week? I'll be honest, even when I do "cook" at home, it's often something ready-made that needs a few minutes in the microwave. #oops
Over the last few years, more and more people have been ordering takeaways. However, research published by the John Hopkins School of Public Health has claimed that people who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories... this does not surprise me, I know this but I ignore it. Another #oops
So with the help of kitchen splashbacks supplier, The Plastic People let's take a look at just how popular eating out and ordering takeaways has become, as well as why we should maybe consider putting the menus away and instead get back to cooking in our kitchens....
Our love for takeaways
Digital takeaway specialists Just Eat shed some light on how popular takeaways are for UK families when considering research to celebrate the launch of the 2015 British Takeaway Awards.
According to their study, close to half of people aged under 35 will serve their families a takeaway meal for a get-together. Reasons for doing so included both parents having to work longer hours and trying to fit their children’s extra-curricular activities into the day. And let's be honest, less washing up right?
The same research also found that over a quarter of survey respondents admit to passing off takeaway meals as their own food when inviting guests round (raising my hands as guilty for this one...). More than a half of those who admitted to doing this said that they simply didn’t have enough time to cook.
Just Eat’s Graham Corfield pointed out: “Modern lives are incredibly busy, and often both parents work long hours. So increasingly, people are looking for ways to be more effective with their time so that they can spend as much of the day as possible with their families and doing the things they love.”
Just Eat has definitely emerged as one of the main companies associated with "the takeaway scene"
(I use them!) — with this particularly evident when looking at the firm’s 2016 numbers.
Founded in 2001, Just Eat completed last year with 17.6 million active customers — up 31 per cent from the 13.4 million active customers in 2015 — who were connected to more than 68,500 restaurant partners. This huge group of customers also placed 136.4 million orders through Just Eat in 2016, which works out a 4.3 orders per second and is a considerable rise from the 96.2 million orders placed through the service in 2015. (That's a lot of food!)
The UK is Just Eat’s largest market, with the market for delivered takeaway food for this country expanding from £5.5 billion in 2015 to £6.1 billion last year and Just Eat finishing 2016 with 9.2 million active UK customers.
The case for home cooking
A study carried out by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has suggested that people should maybe reconsider their eating habits going forward...
This is because after analysing data from the 2007/10 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey which involved over 9,000 participants aged 20+, the researchers concluded that those who frequently cook meals at home eat more healthily and consume fewer calories than those who cook less. This conclusion was reached as…
- 48 per cent of participants cooked dinner between six and seven times a week and consumed 2,164 calories, 81 grams of fat and 119 grams of sugar on an average day.
- Eight per cent of participants cooked dinner once or less a week and consumed 2,301 calories, 84 grams of fat and 135 grams of sugar on an average day.
There was also a suggestion from the research that those who cooked at home six to seven nights a week also consumed fewer calories whenever they did decide to spend a night away from the kitchen and eating out instead. (This I found very interesting and I'd love to know why..)
Wolfson added: “The evidence shows people who cook at home eat a healthier diet. Moving forward, it’s important to educate the public about the benefits of cooking at home, identify strategies that encourage and enable more cooking at home, and help everyone, regardless of how much they cook, make healthier choices when eating out.”
Well, this research definitely gave me some food for thought (sorry couldn't resist the pun). I know I could definitely eat healthier than I do and while I don't eat takeaways that regularly I could cut down on the ready-meals. I actually love cooking but I've convinced myself that I don't have the time... I'm going to re-evaluate that!
I'd love to know your thoughts on the study. Do you recognise any of the scenarios? Could you do with cooking more? Drop me a comment below!
Now, I'm off to cook dinner.. yes actually cook it, myself, from scratch. Goodbye frozen curry, hello homemade jalfrezi.
Stay safe, x